Five shortlisted for new Metro fleet

Tyne & Wear Transport Executive Nexus has shortlisted five organisations to design, build and maintain a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

A preferred bidder will be named at the end of next year. The shortlisted bidders are:

  • Bombardier Transportation UK.
  • CAF.
  • Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd - a joint venture between Downer EDI Rail and CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles.
  • Hitachi Rail Europe.
  • Stadler Bussnang.

The total contract value over 35 years is expected to be about £500 million, of which Nexus has secured government grant funding of £337m towards the expected £362m cost of designing and building the fleet.

Nexus says it wants the successful bidder to build trains which shorten dwell times at stations, with better seating areas, wider doors and stand-back areas, wide aisles and an interior layout that encourages the flow of passengers through the train. Improved digital connectivity, luggage space and accessibility will also be required.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 25/09/2018 13:35

    And Siemens have pulled out the deal to focus on their products of building Desiro City trains including the Class 717 which some have already been built and are in the UK on test run before they enter service on the Great Northern Moorgate Northern City Line services that will replace the Class 313.

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